Wincanton 2.45 tips – sacrilege not to back La Vaticane

Wincanton 2.45 tips - sacrilege not to back La Vaticane

La Vaticane

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Betting Tip: @ 5/2 with bet365

Having tipped up the Richard Johnson double at Catterick yesterday – paid 9.5/1 at the advertised odds, hope you were on?! – I’m no rush to give all the winnings back with Chelters just around the corner.

That said, I’m very tempted by a couple of chasers who should oblige as favourites this afternoon starting with the ex-French LA VATICANE, who contests the feature 2m4f handicap chase at Wincanton (due off 2.45pm).

She has proved a little disappointing in her three starts for David Pipe this season, including when a beaten favourite over 2m3f at Ascot last time. However, she was a smart mare when trained in France, winning three times at Auteuil and twice at Pau, and it’s surely a question of time before Pipe finds the key to her.

Intriguingly, he has her entered up in three handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival, with the Plate over this trip looking the best option (25/1 with bet365), but she might struggle to get in off her current mark of 133 and a win this afternoon would help her cause no end.

That won’t have been lost on her in-form trainer, who is fitting first-time blinkers to help sharpen her up, and she is taken to see off seven rivals, the best best of whom looks to be Quite By Chance, who was narrowly denied a course hat-trick last time but who has to contend with a further 5lb rise.

Betting Tip: @ 5/2 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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